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Jul 19, 2013 9:02 PM by Associated Press

Brush fire prompts evacuations in So. Ore.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Officials say a wind-driven brush fire near the rural Southern Oregon community of Williams is threatening as many as 125 homes and sheriff's deputies are alerting some residents to evacuate.

Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Brian Ballou said late Friday afternoon that the fire had covered about 200 acres and brisk winds were pushing it toward tall grass in some farm fields.

Ballou told the Medford Mail Tribune that one building had burned.

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says deputies have cordoned off an area where the fire was threatening one home with a large propane tank.

Josephine County emergency officials estimated 100 to 125 homes were potentially threatened.

Several air tankers and helicopters fought the fire. Ballou said bulldozers were cutting fire lines and ground crews of firefighters were working as well.

The American Red Cross was providing emergency shelter at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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